Katao Tourism & Travel Guide

Katao is located in North Sikkim (India) and is about 144 kilometers from Gangtok. Katao Valley is perched at an elevation of almost 15000 and is far from the center of Sikkim. With the mesmerizing view of snow topped peaks of the Himalayas, it is an opponent to the much looked for after Yumthang in beauty.The trek to Katao is not in the standard bundles of North Sikkim or Lachung visit. Visitor needs to visit the spot at a supplement cost. One needs to stay at Lachung on the earlier night. The next morning Yumthang Valley and Katao can be reached but a stay at Lachung is essential. Foundation is poor because of the zone's remoteness. Voter ID card/Driving License/Similar ID card is needed along with 4 passport size photo for applying for permit. It is recommended to visit in groups, by which you will manage to hire a tour operator easily.
Best time to visit


Summer (March - June) Katao is situated in North-Sikkim, summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

Budget

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 700
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 3500 and upwards

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Best Time to Visit Katao

 

Peak Season: Summer (March - June) Katao is situated in North-Sikkim, summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

Shoulder Season: Monsoon (July - September) The monsoons, though not ideal, are a good time to visit North-Sikkim.

Off-Season: Winter (November- February) This is the perfect time for skiing and skateboarding in the Katao valley as many enthusiast visit during this period.


Budget for Katao

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 700

  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 150
  • Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: INR 15 - 80
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50.

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 800 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 250 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 200 - 400
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards.

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3500 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards.
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